IN MEMORIAM

 
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SID WALPOLE, April 2003
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JOHN SIBUN, June 2003
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TONY REYNER, July 2003
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DAVID HANNELL, October 2003
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BERNARD HURDLE, October 2003
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JOHN CRUDDACE, 2003
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JOHN POWRIE, 2003
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HYWEL MADOC-JONES, January 2004
Hywel Madoc-Jones, M.D., Secretary/Treasurer of the Massachusetts Medical Society, died on Wednesday 14th January, 2004 after a brief illness. He was 65 years old.

A member of the Medical Society for 23 years, Dr. Madoc-Jones was a radiation oncologist practicing at Norfolk Radiation Oncology Associates in Norfolk. He also practised at Caritas Norwood Hospital Southwood Campus, Caritas St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston, and other hospitals in the Boston area.

Born in Cardiff, Wales, Dr. Madoc-Jones initially trained as a cancer
researcher in London. He subsequently taught radiobiology at the Washington University School of Medicine and earned his M.D. with honours at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago in 1973. He moved to Boston in 1980 to lead the Radiation Oncology Department at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Madoc-Jones joined the Massachusetts Medical Society in 1981 and was a member of the Society's House of Delegates and numerous committees before his election as Secretary / Treasurer in 2000. He was re-elected to the position twice. He also served two terms as President of the Suffolk District Medical Society from 1997-1999.

MMS President Thomas E. Sullivan, M.D., said, "Hywel Madoc-Jones was a true gentleman and a Massachusetts Medical Society activist. He was vocal about his concerns for the profession, for the Society and for the best in patient care. He contributed selflessly to the leadership of the Society and often reminded us of our mission and the need to use our resources wisely to carry out our mission. His example and his counsel will be both missed and remembered by his fellow officers and many friends and colleagues."

Dr. Madoc-Jones' funeral will be held Saturday (Jan. 17) at noon at the St. John the Evangelist Church, Wellesley. There will be a private burial service in Louisiana. His family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his memory to the Dr. Hywel Madoc-Jones Fund, c/o Development Office at Tufts-New England Medical Center, 750 Washington St., Boston 02111.

As reported on the MMS Website and provided by Alan Treherne less
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DOUGLAS GODWIN, January 2004
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CLIFF ADAMS, June 2004
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PHILLIP HARES, 2004
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BERTIE DUCK, 2004
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Rev. IVAN DOWNS, March 2005
Dick Strevens recalls that Ivan had left the School by the time Dick arrived in September 1946 and he was to meet him later at a School scout expedition to the Lake District. Ivan was a regular worshipper at All Saints, East Sheen. Dick has provided the following regarding Ivan's career in the ministry via Crockford's Clerical Directory and his death notice in the Church Times.

1965 At ...read more
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ALAN ROBERT GREGORY, June 2005

An e-mail dated 10th February, 2011 from Gareth Gregory...............................

.........................I am the son of Alan who was born in 1929 and I believe attended the school for his secondary education. Unfortunately Dad died in 2005 having suffered from dementia for some time.

After leaving school Dad graduated from Battersea Polytechnic with a degree in engineering. Fol...read more
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KHALID ANSARI, August 2005
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PAUL GARDINER, September 2005
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STUART VERNON COOK, October 2005
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PERCY KUNZLI, October 2005
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CHRIS WICKS, December 2005
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PETER JEFFERIES, 2005
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TOM REID, 2005
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RICHARD (DICK) BOND, January 2006

An extract from Mrs. Tina Bond's note to David Richardson: 'I'm sorry to have to tell you that my husband, R.J. ( Dick ) Bond died 23rd January 2006. He died at home in Fareham, Hants after being diagnosed with cancer nine months previously.

I'm not quite sure when he started at the school as things were rather unsettled over the war years but he left in 1948 to begin an apprenticeshi ...read more
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JOHN WYMER, February 2006

Friends and colleagues paid tribute to the internationally renowned Suffolk archaeologist. Dr John Wymer, who lived in Bildeston, Suffolk was an expert on the Palaeolithic period, otherwise known as the 'Old Stone Age', and died on February 10, aged 77, at Southampton Hospital following a short illness.

Footnote: from Peter Cox:.........John was an SOG who lived in the next village to ...read more
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DAVID CATFORD, February 2006
AN EXTRACT FROM THE BARNES AND MORTLAKE HISTORY SOCIETY MAGAZINE

'……..Mike Smith presented to the February meeting the talk prepared by David Catford, as a tribute to a much-appreciated member of the Society who had died just two weeks earlier.

Mike reminded us that David as a real local, having lived all his life in East Sheen, was ideally suited to taking us for a truly nostalgic wal ...read more
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PETER POWRIE, April 2006
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PETER WYMER, May 2006
Peter Wymer was the brother of John and the father of Paul.
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MICHAEL MOCKRIDGE, June 2006
After National Service, Michael went to Balliol College, Oxford to read Geography and later qualified as a solicitor. His step-father was also a solicitor.

Michael became a partner in the City firm Coward Chance where he specialised in advising large companies and multinationals.

He was a member of St. Peter's and St. John's Church and on the Kensington Deanery Synod. He was also a tru ...read more
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ALAN CHARLES PEARSON, July 2006
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JOE CAIRA, September, 2006
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TOM TOWNDROW, September 2006
The following appeared in the Barnes and District History Society magazine:

A remarkable local link with the Dunkirk evacuation was recalled with the death on September 4th, 2006 of Tom Towndrow aged 91.

Thomas Austin Towndrow was born at Barnes on October 6th and from East Sheen County School he joined the staff of Barnes Urban District Council. He also enlisted with 1st Mortlake Sea ...read more
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MICHAEL PHILLIPS, November 2006
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GRAHAM MILLS, 2006
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ROY SMITH, 2006
Roy attended Richmond County School.
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DEREK POOK, circa 2006
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MARTIN HABGOOD, May 2007
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JOHN ROBSON, June 2007
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BOB BULLARD ex-teacher, February 2007
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ROB VAUGHAN, July 2007
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PETER HANDFORD 2007

MARTIN HABGOOD May, 2007

JOHN ROBSON June, 2007


ROB VAUGHAN July, 2007

Alan Morgan...................I was Rob's Vice-Captain when he was School Captain in 1959. He was a great footballer and tried valiantly to encourage me, but when "Plug" Rawlings introduced the oval ball I realised that rugby union/scrum-half was my forte! I recall that Rob was always top in German (a language I neve ...read more
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ALAN LITTLE, 2007

ROGER HOUGHTON July, 2007
Roger had been in hospital several times since he assisted with the arrangements for Reunion 2006 and during this period had displayed great fortitude and determination.   His funeral at Putney Vale Crematorium was attended by Old Boys, Harry Purchase, Hugh Coulston (both ex business associates) and David Richardson 

Roger's memoirs can be seen on the 1950s intake page

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GEOFF POAT August, 2007

Geoff had fought a 5 year-long battle with throat cancer and was notable for his resilience over this period.   He had a long association with jazz and this was much in evidence at his funeral which featured a trio which included David Partridge, a Shene Old Boy on the banjo.   Other Old Boys attending were Alan Marchbanks, Chris Buckerfield, Mike Penney and David Richardson.
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AUDREY PARKER 2007
via Colin Winger..............Audrey Parker passed away in Spain where she had lived for many years.  
 
Audrey will be well remembered by Old Grammarian footballers of the 1950s.  Audrey and Beryl Netherway were a much valued part of Tony Pitman's Queens Road after-match refreshment team...........
 
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GEORGE ROME HALL September, 2007
 
JACK McENERY October, 2007
 
DENNIS LEVITT 2007
 
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DENNIS KEENE November, 2007
 
Dennis Keene: Poet and translator
 
  Obituary published in 'The Independent' on Tuesday, 26 February 2008
Dennis Keene was a man of literature through and through. He wrote poetry and wrote about poetry; he read English literature voraciously and lectured on it; he wrote articles and books on Japanese literature and used much of his creative talent translating it. In 1991 his translation of Maruya Saiichi's Rain in the Wind was given a Special Award by the judges of the first Independent Award for Foreign Fiction.

This collection of four stories ranges from action to contemplation of nature to intellectual detective work, and the judges praised Keene's success in "encompassing the lyrical and the demotic with equal ease". He was an exemplary translator, humble before his author but always ensuring that the completed work was a creative whole. He had that rare gift among translators of being able to stay close to the changing moods and rhythms of the original but at the same time give the reader the satisfaction of having read a novel rather than a translated novel; maybe this was because Keene was a close friend of both his principal authors, Kita Morio and Maruya Saiichi; maybe it was because he both loved the literature he was translating and loved to be writing literature himself.
Dennis Keene was born in 1934 and grew up in Richmond, Surrey, where he attended Richmond and East Sheen County Grammar School for Boys. While there, at the age of 16, he first encountered the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud and was overwhelmed by the universality of its reference, a prose poem on the way a child experiences death bringing back memories of the loss of the family dog eight years previously. It was here also that he first met the future scholar and critic John Carey and they remained lifelong friends, later going to Oxford together.
At Oxford, Keene read English Language and Literature at St John's College and immersed himself in extracurricular poetry. With Peter Ferguson he became joint editor of Oxford Poetry, the literary journal whose editors have included Robert Graves, Anthony Thwaite and John Fuller. After Oxford he became a British Council lecturer in Singapore and Malaysia, but a turning point in his life came when he was appointed Lecturer in English Language and Literature at Kyoto University in 1961. He met his future wife Keiko in Kyoto and they were married there in 1962. Japan was now firmly a part of his life.
After a year at Haile Selassie I University in Addis Ababa, during which Dennis and Keiko unsuccessfully tried to find Rimbaud's house in Harar, there came another job in Japan and another turning point in Keene's life: a lectureship in English Literature at Kyushu University in Fukuoka.
Here a chance visit to a bookseller on the way to the dentist yielded the prize of the novel Ghosts by Kita Morio and the start of Keene's love affair with Japanese literature. His translation of Ghosts won a real prize some 20 years later (the Noma Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature in 1992). This novel, which follows a boy's growing awareness of his own sexuality in an atmosphere saturated by natural references, was a revelation to Keene, who compared his response to what he felt when reading Rimbaud and Proust.
For this love affair to mature Keene felt he had to return to Oxford and write a doctoral thesis on Japanese literature. I was appointed his supervisor. Dennis's namesake, Donald Keene, the leading Western scholar of Japanese literature, once asked me what it was like supervising Dennis Keene. I described my task as restraining genius. I would spend hours listening in awe to this pupil, as he produced insight after insight from his by now encyclopaedic knowledge of modern Japanese novels. My only function was to help him channel these into a mould that was acceptable for an academic thesis. He was later, in 1980, to publish two impressive books, a monograph on the subject of his thesis, Yokomitsu Riichi: modernist, and an anthology, The Modern Japanese Prose Poem.
During this period Keene also published two books of poetry with Carcanet: Surviving (1980) and Universe and Other Poems (1984). In the note that Keene adds to Surviving he supposes that "the poems remain essentially symbolist". But "the reader will find the language ordinary". Ordinary yes, but brimming with the emotions that he felt so strongly – for example, these lines from "Burdens", about the death of a (his?) mother's brother in the First World War:

Father
Did not go out. Her brother (uncle) did,
But nothing clearly him nor his came back.


Apart from a brief period as a full-time writer and translator in the UK, the last 20 years of Dennis Keene's career were spent in Tokyo as a professor at the prestigious Japan Women's University. After retirement in 1993 he and Keiko returned to Britain, where their daughter Shima was living. Dennis continued writing and translating; Keiko, a ballet and dance critic, was writing by his side. This settled suburban life in Oxford came to an end in 2007 with the onset of the disease that finally took his life.
Brian Powell

Dennis Keene, scholar, poet and translator: born London 10 July 1934; Lecturer in English Language and Literature, Kyoto University 1961-63; Professor in English Literature, Haile Selassie I University, Addis Ababa 1964-65; Lecturer in English Literature, Kyushu University 1965-69; Assistant Professor of English Literature, Japan Women's University, Tokyo 1970-76, Professor 1976-81, 1984-93; Part-time Lecturer in English Literature, Tokyo Metropolitan University 1978-79, 1987-88; married 1962 Keiko Kurose (one daughter); died Oxford 30 November 2007.

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PETER COGGINS December, 2007
 
BRIAN (CHAS) THORNE December, 2007
 
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ROY LEAVER, January, 2008
 
Obituary by Roger Smith
 
 
Roy was born in 1931 and was a pupil at Richmond & East Sheen County Grammar School until in or about 1947/8 when he left school and became a trainee with Barclays Bank.    Apparently one of his first jobs was in Brentford and involved counting the cash amounts paid into the Bank by Brentford Football Club.     With attendances at Grffin Park in those days frequently over 30,000 that was clearly no small task!
 
I first met Roy in the early to mid 1970s when a client of my law firm took delight in introducing me to his bank manager, Roy Leaver   By then Roy was the manager of the Westcombe Park Branch of Barclays Bank and it did not take many minutes to discover at that first meeting that Roy had grown up just off the Upper Richmond Road in East Sheen and had been a pupil at the School.
 
From Westcombe Park Roy moved to be the manager of the Sutton Branch of Barclays Bank and eventually took early retirement in the mid 1980s to run a pig farm near Ashford, Kent with his two sons - a venture that seems to have been unsuccessful on account of the changing market conditions within the EEC.
 
The pig farm land was sold during the 1990s for residential development and Roy and his wife, Margaret, moved a few years ago to Wells in Somerset where Roy lived out his last few years, becoming a victim of Alzheimer's Disease several years ago.
 
Roy was a friendly, outgoing man who in later years became a staunch member of the Baptist Church.   He leaves a widow, Margaret, to whom he had been married for more than 51 years, four children and a number of grandchildren.   It was a pleasure to have known him.
 
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SIR JOHN HILL January 2008
 
 
 
Obituary Published in The Daily Telegraph 27th February, 2008



Sir John Hill, who has died aged 86, was the leader of the British nuclear industry as chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and of two of its commercial offshoots, British Nuclear Fuels and Amersham International.
Sir John Hill: far too many ostriches think that Britain can live on a buried treasure of fossil fuel


Hill's appointment to run the AEA - by Tony Benn when he was minister of technology in 1967 - marked a shift in the prime focus of the British nuclear industry from the creation of weapons of deterrence to the commercialisation of nuclear power.
Hill's predecessor, the distinguished scientist Lord Penney, had worked on the first atomic bomb at Los Alamos and had run the Aldermaston weapons research establishment.
Hill was also a physicist by background, but came to the AEA chair at the age of 46 with the reputation of a modern businessman and top-class man-manager who had made a notable success of the production and reprocessing of nuclear fuels at AEA sites such as Windscale, in Cumbria, and Capenhurst in Cheshire.
The profitable fuels business was hived off into a new company, British Nuclear Fuels, in 1971, with Hill as its chairman.

The smaller radiochemical research arm of the authority was also turned into a stand-alone business and became, as Amersham International, one of the first state entities to be successfully privatised by Margaret Thatcher's government in 1982; again Hill was chairman, a post he held until 1988.

In its central role of leading the development of British nuclear power generation, however, the AEA was caught in interminable political wrangles throughout Hill's tenure, which ended in 1980.
The argument boiled down to a choice between steam-generating heavy water reactors (of which Dounreay was the forerunner and in which British manufacturers claimed a world lead) and pressurised water reactors designed by Westinghouse Corporation of America.
Progress towards a new generation of British-designed and built nuclear plants had stalled by 1974, when Hill and other industry leaders supported a switch to the American design - but Lord Carrington, Edward Heath's energy minister, held out in favour of buying British. Labour returned to power shortly afterwards, and Tony Benn also argued against the American design.
But Hill reconfirmed his view in a report to Benn in 1976, in which he argued that the increased availability of natural gas as a power source, and the rising projected cost of the British reactors, made the original programme uneconomic. The net result was that no new nuclear power stations were built until after Hill's time - when Sizewell, with a Westinghouse reactor, went ahead in the early 1980s.
Throughout these debates Hill treated the views of his opponents with patience and respect. But he defended his industry vehemently against those who, on grounds of safety, opposed it in its entirety. There were, he declared in 1979, "far too many ostriches" who believed that Britain could continue to live on "a buried treasure of fossil fuel".
On the especially sensitive issue of the disposal of nuclear waste, he said that the industry itself, by seeking perfection, had led the public to believe the problem to be worse than it really was: "To say in one breath that [nuclear waste] is not dangerous but that we want to bury it 1,000 feet deep does not sound convincing. Our own caution leads to disbelief."
John McGregor Hill was born in Chester on February 21 1921, the son of a schools' inspector. The family moved to Richmond-upon-Thames, where he went to school; he took a First in Physics at King's College, London, in two years, before serving in the RAF from 1941 to 1946 as an officer in the radar branch.
He returned to academe to take a doctorate at St John's College, Cambridge, working in the Cavendish Laboratory, and subsequently to teach Physics at London University.
In 1950 Hill joined what was then the department of atomic energy in the Ministry of Supply, and took up his first appointment at Windscale.
After the formation of the Atomic Energy Authority in 1954 he was its assistant director of technical policy, based at Risley in Lancashire; he became technical director and subsequently managing director of its production group, and became a member of the authority in 1964.
After leaving the AEA, Hill was chairman of Aurora Holdings, a Sheffield-based engineering group, and of Rea Brothers, a City investment firm. He was president of the British Nuclear Forum from 1984 to 1992.
Hill was knighted in 1969. He received the Melchett Medal of the Institute of Energy in 1974 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1981.
A keen golfer, he was captain and president of the Royal Mid-Surrey club.
Sir John Hill, who died on January 14, married, in 1947, Nora Hellett; they had two sons and a daughter.
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IAN  GIBBONS March, 2008
 
Lionel Timmins wrote on 9th March, 2008 to David Richardson..............."I am sorry to advise you of the death of Ian G Gibbons.   He was two years younger than me so that we never knew each other during our school days.   We met when we were both in our early twenties and have remained friends ever since.   Between 1948 and 1958 we jointly ran the Senior Scout section of the 2nd. Mortlake Scout group, camping in France and Switzerland amongst many other activities.
 
     He died peacefully yesterday, Monday 10th March 2008."
 
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ROBERT MOUSLEY April, 2008
 
A letter dated 16th September, 2008 to David Richardson from Robert's son, Oliver reads:   My father, Bob died at Windward Nursing Home, Dartmouth, Devon from prostate cancer.   He had been at the Nursing Home for just under a year where he had very good care.
 
He read a book a day and played a masterful game of Backgammon right up to the last.
 
My brother Alexander and I had been visiting him for extended periods for a couple of years and have had many wonderful conversations with him about his life and early  days.
 
He often mentioned his time at Richmond & East Sheen County Grammar School For Boys, his friends and what a good education he received there.
 
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DAVID COLLEY 2008
 
DOUG HELLINGS June, 2008
 
Obituary in the Barnes & District History Society Newsletter September, 2008
 
...Doug Hellings was a familiar figure at our Society's meetings for many years, often bringing an envelope of clippings, programmes, sports records or other items to share with members.
 
Doug spent his life at East Sheen, moving only once from Sutherland Gardens to The Willoughbys until his wife's health forced a move to Brook Court,   Educated at East Sheen Primary and Shene Grammar School, he was a choirboy at Mortlake Parish Church, singing at All Saints when the future Queen Mother laid the first stone in 1928.   An enthusiastic sportsman, Doug played football and cricket.   He worked his way up the career ladder from walking brewer George Mann's greyhound to become Bottling and Distribution Manager at Watney's, proud that he never missed a day's work.
 
Doug served with the 60th City of London HAA Regiment and escaped at Dunkirk surviving shrapnel which lodged in his helmet leaving him unconscious.   He returned to serve in Normandy and Germany.  
 
Family and local history became a major interest in later years and a favourite recreation was to sit outside the Prince's Head on Richmond Green ready to tell anyone who stopped his memories of the district and the history of the Green.
 
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CYRIL TREVOR CASTLE June, 2008
 
GEOFF GIBBINS Summer, 2008
 
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DENNIS CHISMAN 1927-2008
Taught at Sheen: 1949-1957

also see separate entry under News

Dennis Chisman’s whole career was devoted to the promotion of science education.  He graduated from King’s College London in 1948 and obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in 1949.

He joined the Richmond and EastSheenGrammar School in September 1949 as Head of the Science Department at the very early age of 21.  He taught at our school until 1957, when he left to join the Royal Institute of Chemistry (later to become the Royal Society of Chemistry) as its first Education Officer.  He also became Secretary of the British Committee on Chemical Education.

He joined the British Council in 1966 as a Science Education Officer and later that year was seconded to the Centre for Curriculum Renewal and Educational Development Overseas  as Assistant Director of Science Education.  In 1974 he returned to the Council and became Head of Science and Mathematics Education Unit.  In October 1975 he was appointed Director of Schools and Education Department, and served in that post until 1981 when he took early retirement. After this he became an independent consultant in science education and continued to be involved in science education projects overseas, particularly in developing countries, until his last year.

As well as overseas development work under the auspices of UNESCO, he was a key member of the International Council of Associations of Science Education and also of the Commonwealth Association of Science Technology and Mathematics Education (CASTME).  He served on the Council of the latter for 30 years from 1974, and was its Secretary.

He remained an active member of the Royal Society of Chemistry at both national and local levels.  By now living in West Sussex, he served as an active chairman of his local section, which covers much of the southern counties.  This was from 2005 until 2007 when he was approaching 80.  He joked that he was being “recycled”.  At one of the annual dinners, he spoke fondly of his time as a schoolteacher.

Academically gifted, he was also  a very good teacher at all levels  and helped a number of boys to obtain university scholarships  and state scholarships. Looking back it is difficult to believe that he was still barely 30 when he left the school.  Certainly, those he taught at Sheen and who found careers based on Chemistry realise just how lucky they were to have had him even for a short time at the school.
 
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DAVID HUCKLE September, 2008
 
JACK BUCKERFIELD September, 2008
 
Rev RICHARD BOAZ November, 2008
 
Richard died peacefully in his sleep at Owen Sound, Canada on 9th November.   One of his favourite prayers was also his approach to life in general:   'For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly grateful and makes us ever mindful of the needs of others'
 
Peter Sealby writes:   Peter was at Sheen from 1941 to 1947 at the same time as myself.   We were to meet again in the British West Indies in Trinidad and his form-mates might be as surprised as myself to know that he supervised the fields of a sugar plantation on horse-back in his capacity as an overseer.   A tough job....................   Richard was a twin and was born first making him the elder of his brother David. but as they were born in the British Embassy in Paris French law determined that David would be the elder.   My wife and myself were truly sad that we lost touch with Richard I am certain that Richard would have been a fine priest
 
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WILFRID JAMES ALFRED MANN (FREDDY) December, 2008
 
Freddy died on Christmas Day having been ill for a large part of 2008.   He passed away peacefully in a Hove nursing home after having undergone two operations.   The funeral was at St. John's Church, Palmeira Square, Hove on 22nd January 2009 and was followed by a private committal at the crematorium the following day.   He had requested that no flowers were to be sent but wished that donations be made to his favourite charity, Shrewsbury House which is sponsored by Shrewsbury School which works with disadvantaged young people in Liverpool.   Notices of his death appeared in The Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Brighton Argus on 6th January 2009.
 
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D.R. (BOB) CHAMBERS February, 2009
 
BRIAN CANN April, 2009
 
JAMES MARLOW May, 2009
 
GERRY FORSE July, 2009
 
DAVID SEATON 2009
 
ROY WILSON October, 2009
 
BILL (BRIAN WALTER) HEWITT December, 2009
 
DOUGLAS MILL 2009 (Richmond County then R & E Sheen Head Boy)
 
DAVID WINGATE January 2010
 
ERNIE PRIEST February, 2010
 
LIONEL PARKER February, 2010
 
DERRICK COLE March, 2010
 
MIKE CLIFFORD March 2010
 
MRS MARIE MCLAREN April, 2010
 
SIR ROBIN MCLAREN July, 2010

Daily Telegraph obituary published 30th July, 2010

Sir Robin McLaren, who died on July 20 aged 75, was a British diplomat who in the 1980s played a crucial part in the negotiations to transfer Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty; the following decade he was ambassador to Beijing during the turbulent tenure of Chris Patten as Governor of the territory.
 
McLaren was a sinologist by profession and by inclination. He spent the vast bulk of his career living in, or focused on, Asia, and admitted that "most people who work on China do get drawn in to it and fascinated by it. It is a special taste."
He always denied, however, that the enormous amount of time he spent studying the complex and intoxicating world of Chinese politics and culture prevented him from providing an effective assessment of what was in the interests of Britain or, during negotiations preceding the Joint Declaration in 1984, Hong Kong.
 
To those who suggested that he and fellow negotiators had not extracted the best deal for Hong Kong, and had not treated firmly enough with a Chinese regime which perpetrated the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing in 1989, McLaren had a clear rebuttal.
"People criticise the fact that we are China experts. But the more you know about your negotiating partners the better. They think that if only we had stood up to the Chinese we would have had a better deal on Hong Kong. But in any negotiation there must be a realistic appraisal of what is possible and what is not possible."
Robin John Taylor McLaren was born on August 14 1934 and attended Richmond and East Sheen Grammar School and, from the age of 14, Ardingly Collge. He went up to St John's, Cambridge, after winning a scholarship to read History. He had "no idea what to do" afterwards but, following National Service in the Navy, sat the three-day civil service commission and was prodded towards the Foreign Service: "At the end of the day I said I'd join it and so [in 1958] I did."
Passing an aptitude test, McLaren was immediately given the chance to be sent abroad to learn a "hard language". Russian was already oversubscribed, and he had no interest in Arabic. Turkish was offered as an alternative before Chinese was mentioned. "It seemed to me to be worth the effort," he said later. After a year at Soas, he was sent to Hong Kong, first-class by sea. Transferring to Beijing was "very strange", he said: "In 1960 China was a very closed environment. It was only just over 10 years since the Communists had taken over."

On returning to London in 1962 he worked as the Korea desk officer before becoming assistant private secretary to Ted Heath following Macmillan's failure to gain British entry into the EEC – or, as McLaren put it, "just after the General [de Gaulle] said 'No'." Following Heath's departure as Lord Privy Seal in October 1963, McLaren returned to the FO's Arab-Israel desk, where he was placed to placate highly suspicious Israeli diplomats, convinced that the department was stuffed with devoted Arabists.
Claiming an Italian grandfather and "exaggerating slightly" his skill at Italian, McLaren was then posted to Rome as private secretary to the ambassador, Jack Ward. He swiftly became the embassy's politics expert and, among other things, received Harold Wilson and the then Foreign Secretary George Brown "on one of their swings through to try to persuade people that they were interested in Europe". The task was hampered, McLaren recalled, because "it was obvious to everybody that they were simply not on speaking terms".
After four happy years in Italy, McLaren returned to Hong Kong as an adviser to help with the territory's relationship with China, then undergoing the worst of the Cultural Revolution. After only 18 months he was summoned back early due to a misunderstanding at the FO, and took charge of appointments below counsellor level. "It meant that you had to be like a juggler, keeping several balls in the air at once and not allocating people finally until you were pretty sure what slots would need to be filled," he said.
But the position proved useful when, after two and a half years, McLaren was able to arrange his own transfer, to the important Western Operations Department, which dealt with Nato and European defence.

A move to Copenhagen followed, where he served under Britain's first female ambassador, Ann Warburton ("We got along fine," he said later). After his return to London in 1978, Hong Kong and China filled almost the entirety of the rest of McLaren's career. It was at this time that, under the Labour government, Hong Kong's future was first raised.

In 1979 Murray MacLehose became the first Governor to receive an official invitation to China, which was regarded as a signal that Deng Xiaoping was making a clear break with Mao and the madness of the Cultural Revolution. McLaren became head of the Far East department in London in the same year and, over the next few years, attempted to "embark upon serious discussion with China over the future of Hong Kong". The attempts, he admitted, were "not very successful".
Talks – about the prospect of talks – only followed Margaret Thatcher's visit to China in 1982. But while the Chinese wanted from the outset an acknowledgement from Britain that sovereignty for the whole of Hong Kong lay with Beijing, McLaren was hoping to craft a bargain by which British sovereignty would be exchanged for an agreement that Britain could continue to administer the territory. "Weasel words", McLaren said, were required to bridge the gulf in negotiating positions and get the talks proper under way.
Britain's five-man negotiating team, on which McLaren served, realised in the autumn of 1983 that the sovereignty-for-administration strategy would not work. It was following this that the "one country, two systems" plan was agreed upon: China would allow Hong Kong to become the first of its special administrative regions and it would continue to operate with a high degree of autonomy after 1997. Talks to flesh out the details of the plan took place in summer 1984.

"We found ourselves negotiating sometimes in Chinese, sometimes in English," McLaren recalled. Each day, at 9pm or later, and following long hours of talks in Beijing, memos were hastily dispatched to London and Hong Kong, where teams were poised to study them and return instructions in time for the following morning's discussions.
"I don't think I have ever worked as hard as I did while engaged in the negotiation of the texts," McLaren said afterwards. "The whole thing took about four months." Critics argued that the British team had simply rubber-stamped a plan that the Chinese had always had in mind. But McLaren insisted that, by hammering out the details "against Chinese instincts", the post-1997 rights and allowances for Hong Kong were cemented. Indeed, almost all of the product of the talks was incorporated verbatim into Hong Kong's Basic Law as a special administrative region.
Following the talks, McLaren was sent to the Philippines as ambassador, arriving just as the Marcos regime was collapsing. While there, he was able to witness the revolution and what he described as "the tremendous courage shown by ordinary people and a great outflow of democratic spirit akin to that which was subsequently seen in Eastern Europe".
Two years later he was appointed Assistant Under-Secretary of State, during which time he also led the Sino-British liaison group, which met three times a year to discuss implementation of the Joint Declaration.

A year after being named Deputy Under-Secretary in 1990, McLaren arrived in Beijing as ambassador – "the job I always wanted". Hong Kong still dominated, to the extent that he was frequently forced to cancel travel to other parts of China, and one visit to Tibet.

His tenure there was dominated by the arrival in 1992 of Chris Patten as Governor of Hong Kong, and Patten's subsequent announcement that voting rights there would be extended almost to every citizen, infuriating the Chinese. The chill endured through 14 new rounds of talks, which began in 1993, led by McLaren. They failed, and in 1994 Patten published legislation that was denounced in Beijing. By the time McLaren left in August that year, he described relations with China as "very tricky".
He was appointed CMG in 1982 and KCMG in 1991.
Colleagues described McLaren as sincere and earnest, as well as hugely hard-working. He also had an argumentative streak which he worked out by taking daily runs, especially at the most tense passages of negotiations over Hong Kong. He enjoyed walking and music, and, in retirement, turned his expertise of Asia to use on behalf of investment trusts.
Robin McLaren married, in 1964, Susan Ellen Hatherly, who survives him with their son and two daughters.

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JEFF RISK August, 2010
 
Announcement on Daily Telegraph  website 29th August, 2010

Jeffrey Richard of Newdigate, Surrey, died peacefully on 26th August 2010, aged 63. Dearly beloved husband of Vivien and greatly loved father of Lizzy and Melanie. Private Cremation followed by a Memorial Service at St Peter's Church, Newdigate on Friday 3rd September at 12.30 p.m. Everyone welcome. No flowers please, but donations, if wished, for St Catherine's Hospice may be sent to Sherlock Funeral Service, Trellis House, Dorking, RH4 2ES.

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JOHN WORTH (c 1939 intake) August, 2010

John had a career mainly in engineering. He worked for Rolls Royce at Derby for many years and was a member of the team who designed the fan blades for their jet engines. He also made clocks in his spare time and enjoyed anything mechanical. For most of his life, he lived in the Newark-on-Trent area of Nottinghamshire and was married to Isabel, a successful and respected local primary school headteacher until her retirement several years ago.

Editor's Note:   John contributed a very interesting article to the BBC's WW2 archive in 1995.   It can be seen on the Intakes 1925-39 page.


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BRIAN PAINTER July, 2010

Brian died of a brain tumour in July.  He went to Shene in the 1948 intake and was to become a Quaker.  For many years he worked as the warden at Quaker House near Euston Station.  In his later years he lived in France after the tumour had been diagnosed.    


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COLIN ROSS July, 2010

DENNIS MOFFATT (aged 91) September, 2010

ARTHUR CLAIDEN October, 2010 

GERRY FITCH October, 2010

KEN DYCKES November, 2010

BRIAN POLLARD December, 2010

ARTHUR PERRY circa 2010

PETER SEALBY January 2011

GEORGE MONGER February, 2011

MICHAEL SHAW May, 2011

JOHN CUTTING May, 2011

DENNIS WEST c 2008

JOHN SWANE January, 2010


LARRY ELLIOTT June, 2011

JAMES MARLOW (date unknown)

KEITH BARWOOD August, 2011

GEORGE HARTWRIGHT January, 2012

CHRIS ROEBUCK May 2012

JOHN MOFFATT September, 2012

OBITUARY IN THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

John Moffatt, who has died aged 89, was one of the most polished, versatile and accomplished actors of his generation.
John Moffatt in PG Wodehouse's version of The Play’s the Thing by Ferenc Molnar in which he appeared with Julia McKenzie in 1977 
 
A notable exponent of Restoration drama, musical comedy, satirical revue, Victorian music-hall and pantomime, he played with a dry sense of comedy and sardonic poise to which he sometimes added an amusing epicene flourish.
He also became a familiar voice in BBC radio dramas, having appeared in Mrs Dale’s Diary in 1950, and starred as Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective in 27 episodes of the Poirot series on Radio 4.
 
One of his most memorable stage roles was as a quietly henpecked husband in Ben Travers’s last West End play, The Bed Before Yesterday (Lyric, 1975), in which he made a touching theatrical virtue of both ruefulness and inadequacy.
The most meticulous of pantomime dames — Dame Trott was a particular forte — he wrote five pantos himself, and spent two years at Oxford Rep, where he and the young Tony Hancock played Ugly Sisters together. He was also a skilful interpreter of the cabaret songs and stage sketches of Noël Coward.
The son of Royal servants to Queen Alexandra at Marlborough House, Albert John Moffatt was born at Daventry on September 24 1922 and educated at East Sheen county school. He worked in a bank for three years before attending John Burrell’s evening drama classes at Toynbee Hall without telling his parents, who considered the stage too precarious a living.
His professional debut at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1944 was as the Raven in a touring children’s production of The Snow Queen. He went on to play more than 200 parts in provincial repertory, making his first London appearance as Loyale in Molière’s Tartuffe (Lyric, Hammersmith) in 1950. At the same venue he was the sinister waiter in Anouilh’s Point Of Departure which transferred to the Duke Of York’s.
In Peter Brook’s acclaimed revival for John Gielgud of The Winter’s Tale (Phoenix, 1951), Moffatt was noticed for his “great éclat”. After Shaw’s The Apple Cart (Haymarket) and Christopher Fry’s The Dark Is Light Enough (Aldwych), his doctor in JB Priestley’s Mr Kettle and Mrs Moon (Duchess, 1955) was judged “masterly in the self-assurance of scientific youth and in the pattering of his psycho-therapeutic jargon” by The Daily Telegraph critic.
With the newly-established English Stage Company at the Royal Court, he appeared in Nigel Dennis’s Cards Of Identity, Brecht’s The Good Woman Of Setzuan and as a frisky Mr Sparkish in Wycherley’s The Country Wife, which transferred to the West End and Broadway.
A spell with the Old Vic company in As You Like It, Richard II, Saint Joan, The Merry Wives Of Windsor and Barrie’s What Every Woman Knows brought Moffatt a leading part as Algernon in Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest on a tour of Britain, Poland and Russia.
In 1961 he won the Clarence Derwent award as best supporting actor of the season as Cardinal Cajetan in John Osborne’s Luther (Royal Court and Phoenix), a role he reprised on Broadway. In the mid-1960s he tried his hand, as actor and director, at Victorian music-hall at Hampstead Theatre Club.
Joining Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre company at the Old Vic in 1969 as Fainall in Congreve’s The Way Of The World, he also played Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler with Maggie Smith and Robert Stephens, directed by Ingmar Bergman.
Moffatt went on to star in Cowardy Custard (Mermaid, 1972), a revue drawn from the work of Noël Coward, in which he sang, danced and narrated. In 1977 he toured the Far East in another Coward revue, Oh Coward!
His film credits included A Night To Remember (1958), SOS Titanic (1979) and Prick Up Your Ears (1987).
He was unmarried. A sister survives him.
 
TED BURTON September, 2012
 
 

Ted Burton was head of Emmbrook for 14 years

Former colleagues, family and friends remembered a much-loved and respected headteacher of a Wokingham secondary school.
Sports enthusiast Edward Burton, known as Ted, was headteacher of The Emmbrook School for 14 years until he retired in 1997.
Mr Burton, 72, died on Thursday, September 27, after a long illness. He leaves his wife Hilary, two children and five grandchildren.
Paying tribute during his funeral at St John’s Church, in Crowthorne, on Thursday, Mr Burton’s former deputy head at The Emmbrook, Graham Dyer, said: “Emmbrook School grew into a very successful comprehensive school under his leadership.
“There can be no doubt that Ted loved his work. His colleagues in neighbouring Berkshire schools respected him. I once heard Ted described as a ‘truly professional human being’.
“He took pride, not just in the school as a whole, but the people who worked there.
“Ted firmly believed every child had a talent and the role of the school was to nurture that talent.”
Mr Burton was born in Essex and met his wife while studying at Queen Mary College in London.
He began his teaching career as a history and PE teacher in south-west London before moving to St Bartholomew’s School in Newbury and then to The Emmbrook, in Emmbrook Road.
The Reverend Lawrence Stevens, a colleague of Mr Burton’s at St Bartholomew’s School, where he joined as second master in 1975, said: “He had a very significant role shaping the new school.
“As a deputy head he brought order and a much-needed meticulous approach.
“Ted was a fantastic history teacher with detailed knowledge of his subject and a particular interest in Ireland in the 1920s.”
He continued: “I was so very grateful for his help when I joined St Barts as school chaplain and head of RE.
“In many ways those who served with him at that time regard them as the golden years and we are grateful for them and Ted’s part in our lives.”
Mr Burton was struck down by a near-fatal illness in 1988, which remained undiagnosed for four months, and he was off school for a term and a half.
His condition developed into rheumatoid arthritis.
Paying tribute, Mr Burton’s son Andrew said: “Dad loved sport until his dying day. First doing it, and then increasingly watching it.
“Dad loved people. As a headmaster he spent a lot of time dealing with people from all walks of life.”
He added: “He has not left us completely. He lives on in our memories and our hearts.
“My son said ‘Grandad was never able to make it along to cricket practice, but this Sunday he will be there to watch.”
Reading a eulogy Reverend Lisa Cornwell said: “Ted will be remembered as a proud father, affectionate father-in-law, grandfather and as a friend to many.”

Ted Burton was head of Emmbrook for 14 years 
 
DENNIS ELLIOTT deceased prior to 2008
 
RAY ARGENT March, 2012
 
A note from Ray's daughter, Susan........'I am writing to inform you of the death of my father Raymond Argent.  
 
Ray passed away on 24th March, 2012 whilst on a break to the Isle of Wight;   the cause of death was acute and chronic heart failure.   Ray became ill one evening and passed away early the following morning.   Although Ray had suffered a few health problems in the year or so prior to this his very sudden death was a complete shock to all of us and was totally unexpected
 
My father always looked forward to the Shene Old Boys reunions and was always so full of news and stories from these events.   After a reunion he was always eager to look at the website to view the photographs and reporting of the event.'
 
HARRY ABBETT April, 2012
 
JOHN (ARCHIE) HARRIS February, 2013
 
ANDREW CRISP March, 2012
 
PAUL WINTER (Master), date unknown
 
VAUGHAN STONE April, 2013
 
JOHN CURRIE aged 91, May, 2013
 
B. JOHN PERRY May 2013
 
John Perry was a physicist and much involved in the early days of CT scanners.   A laboratory at St. George's Healthcare, London is named after him.
 
     
 PETER FLEWITT October, 2013
 
Peter Flewitt died on Saturday,12 October, in Lismore Base Hospital New South Wales.

John Vaughan was informed of his death by his cousin Billie shortly after John  had been visiting Peter in Yamba where he had become ill, and admitted first, to nearby Maclean hospital, and then to Lismore.
Peter and John had kept in touch regularly in recent years and John had met him together with Don McIntyre in 2010 in Sydney.   Peter had become a 'grey nomad' travelling the length and breadth of Australia in his trailer where he had numerous cousins and family connections. He continued to keep in touch over the internet with many friends and former old boys on his cricketing and football interests (John and Peter shared an interest in Fulham), as well as adding his own sometimes caustic spin on the world. His e-mails to his Shene connections in the UK made it clear that he had a wicked sense of humour and his passing is a sad loss to the Shene fraternity.
 
Peter had double hip dysplasia from birth. Unfortunately it wasn't picked up early enough to avoid 5 years in hospital in a cast. In those days the treatment was pretty rudimentary; he was lucky to be able to walk at all.  To add insult to injury he was involved in a major traffic smash later in life and he suffered a broken pelvis with right sided hip involvement. This happened prior to emigrating to Australia.Wear and tear and arthritis were a real curse for him.
His ashes have been scattered in Adelaide and Perth and a further scattering is planned at Kew Cricket Club in 2015.

Dr Paul Hudson (now in Melbourne, Australia)...............
For 7 years I was at Shene Grammar Schoo lwith Pete and the teenager who used to drink beer with me atRichmondpubs whilst playing snooker was very polite and quite introvert.  I introduced him to the Richmond YHA Club in 1963 and we were frequently at Craven Cottage to watch Fulham FC with others from Shene.   The social life and cycling weekends were a very happy time as evidenced by some of his later emails.
I lost touch with Pete after leaving school and going to University, only to find him again 42 years later in 2007 inAustraliawhere I had moved several years before him. The Pete I then found, had a rare and wonderful gift of biting humour - sarcastic, ironic, irreverent and so imaginative, honed no doubt by the intake of various alcoholic beverages. His emails were treasures to behold and often had me in fits of uncontrollable laughter.
He had a tough early life in many respects and unfortunately the world was often not as he would have wished it, but probably this very curmudgeonly outlook was responsible for the rare humorous talent that he developed.    I miss him.  

An e-mail to David Richardson from Richard Jones in Wilson's Promontory,Gyppsland, Victoria, Australia: 
Great shock to read of Pete’s recent death.  As the third of the 1958 ex-pat Aussies, my memories of Pete go back to his support for the OBs’ soccer club.  Whilst we played rugby at Barn Elms in front of crowds that could be counted on one hand and often not even that, Pete could always be relied on to be supporting the soccer club, rain, hail or shine.
Interesting reading Paul’s selection of Pete’s emails – he had a interesting sense of humour and some very accurate comments on life in Australia – and his last message reflected that.  For many years I read his comments on the Fulham Football Club supporters website – always provocative and, despite the distance between Australia and Craven Cottage, always intelligent, unlike much that appears on the site.  And he could spell which would have been a pleasure for the likes of Snowy White and our other English teachers.  He copped a lot of abuse from other contributors on the site for his views and left the site late last year,.  He would be sorry to read of the Club’s current position.
I never got to meet Pete in Australia – other side of the continent, but I’m sorry to hear he’s gone – one of the good guys.



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ALAN ROGERS, October, 2013

JOHN COWARD, November, 2013

John Coward , who has died aged 88, was chief executive of the Notting Hill Housing Trust and a pioneer of shared ownership — a form of housing tenure in which a person buys a share in their home even if they cannot afford a mortgage on the whole value.
Coward joined the Trust in 1965, two years after its foundation by the Reverend Bruce Kenrick, a Presbyterian minister who would later found the homelessness charity Shelter.
The Notting Hill of the 1960s was not the location of second-hand bookshops, smart delicatessens, hip restaurants and seven- (or even eight-) figure house prices that it has become, but a mostly rundown corner of west London, notorious for race riots and the activities of the slum landlordPeterRachman.
Much of the area was populated by people — including many poor immigrants from the Caribbean — who were forced to live in crumbling, overcrowded accommodation. A survey in 1967 found that population density in the area was twice that of the borough of Kensington as a whole, and one of the highest in London; nearly half of all children lived in overcrowded conditions and 70 per cent of households shared, or had no access to, a bath or shower.
The Trust raised funds from the public to buy dilapidated properties at auction. By renovating these houses to provide decent, affordable rented housing, it was pivotal in preventing poor residents being pushed out of the area. When Coward joined as the Trust’s first paid executive it had five properties. When he retired 21 years later as chief executive, it was managing almost 8,000.

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Nine hundred of these were purchased under shared ownership arrangements, and it was Coward who pioneered the concept. Working with government and building societies, he launched the first “shared equity” or “community leasehold” schemes in the country. The first property to be sold in this way was at 88 Ladbroke Grove, and a team at the Housing Trust was established to develop the idea further. There are now an estimated 145,000 shared ownership properties in England alone.
John Coward was born on December 20 1924 in Cardiff. After education at Sheen Grammar School he served in the Signals Corps in India during the war, maintaining military communications from forts on the North-West Frontier, where he learned Urdu from Indian comrades.
He returned to England in 1947, just before Partition, and joined Hammersmith Council as General Assistant. After studying for housing exams he joined Richmond Council, where he remained until he moved to the Notting Hill Housing Trust.
Coward built strong relationships with people at all levels . As well as his work in Notting Hill, he served in the 1960s as a member of the Shelter board of trustees, and as a member of the National Federation of Housing Associations’ council and as chairman of its housing improvement committee, where he pressed for improved subsidy arrangements which were eventually incorporated in the 1974 Housing Act.
He was also a founder member of the London Housing Associations Committee and founding chairman of the United Housing Trust.
In the 1970s he became a founder member of the Family Housing Association, a member of the government’s Central Housing Policy Review Advisory Group and was appointed to the board of the Housing Corporation.
He was appointed OBE for services to housing in 1974.
After his retirement he took up flying and got a pilot’s licence; he enjoyed gardening and tending his allotment. In later life he moved to north Norfolk, but he remained interested and involved in housing through the Housing Corporation and the Sutton Trust, which he chaired from 1980 to 1984 and then again from 1994 to 1996.
John Coward married, in 1949, Helen Heal, who survives him with their two sons.

John Coward, born December 20 1924, died November 20 2013


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BOB KEWELL, December, 2013

MIKE PENNEY January, 2014

PETER JARVIS January, 2014

JOHN LEACH March, 2014

JOHN NEALE May, 2014

DEREK MARTIN June, 2014

BARRY BANNISTER June, 2014

GERALD GOSSINGTON June, 2014

MIKE COLLETT June, 2013

DAVID HEAL April, 2013

DICK HOLLEYMAN August, 2014

REUBEN BROWN February, 2014

RICHARD SIMMS July, 2014

JOHN TOWERS November, 2014

DEREK CLEVELAND 2015

FRED WHEATLEY February, 2015

DAVID JOHNSON March, 2015

LAURENCE FAUN March, 2015

GEORGE REICHER April, 2015

TOM F EDWARDS April, 2015

BRIAN DELLER April, 2015

BILL HAVERLEY June, 2015

F (ROY) BODDY June, 2015

ROY (GRANNY) GRAYSON November, 2015

IAN WESTWATER November, 2015

PETER WATTS December, 2015

STEPHEN BELL December, 2015

THE Revd Stephen Bell, Assistant Curate of St Mary’s, Chiddingfold,Surrey, died on 22 December, aged 62, after a short illness. Stephen had been ordained deacon by the Bishop of Dorking in July. His funeral was held at St Mary’s on 6 January.

Before ordination, he had worked for 35 years in state secondary education, mainly in senior positions in challenging schools.   You can see a photo of Stephen's ordination at Guildford Cathedral under Familiar Faces

Chiddingfold Cricket Club

“It is with considerable sadness that we wish to inform you of the untimely passing of our former Chairman, 2nd XI Captain and player Stephen Bell. Stephen had fought a valiant battle against illness during 2015 but died just before Christmas in the Royal Surrey Hospital Guildford.


Stephen was the Chiddingfold CC 2nd XI Captain between 1998 and 2000 and Chairman between 2000 and 2001 and continued to play for us up until 2007. He played 140 games for the club, 120 games in the League between 1996 and 2007, scoring 1,159 runs in the League (including three 50s) and scored 1,349 runs overall.
Although an infrequent visitor to the ground in recent seasons he took a keen interest in the what was going on at the club as he did in life in Chiddingfold. Many of you will know he was a teacher by profession, Governor at St. Mary’s School and even led the school during one troubled phase. More recently his efforts had been channeled towards serving St. Mary’s C of E Church and he was proudly ordained as Deacon of St. Mary’s Chiddingfold by the Bishop of Guildford in July 2015.

Stephen, Steve and “Bello” to his chums will be sadly missed for his good humour, kind nature, wry smile and his quick witted reposts. His determined and thoughtful leadership seen as Chairman and 2nd XI Captain was robust in keeping with his day job as a Deputy Head, but nurturing too in bringing on the youthful talent and introducing many a young talent to the game.

The 2nd XI players and their wives and girlfriends will also remember that Jane, Stephen’s wife and daughter Emma were also near constant fixtures too at most games helping in all manner of ways with scoring, fielding, cleaning the pavilion and of course for organizing the Cricket Teas (5 loaves and two tins of Tuna can really go a long, long way). Fittingly their efforts were rewarded and Stephen and Jane were named joint Clubmen of the Year in 1999 and Stephen followed this by winning the award again the following year, 2000.

There will be a Service of Remembrance at St Mary’s C of E Church on Wednesday 6th January at 3pm, retiring to the Crown Inn thereafter. You are all welcome to join the service”

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PETER KEENE 2015

BOB PATTERSON early 2016

CHRIS BUCKERFIELD February, 2016

PHIL GRICE February, 2016
 
To David Richardson (from Christopher Turner 1st April, 2016)
 
I thought you would like to know that Philip Grice died in February of this year.   He was in his 80s.
 
He started at the school in 1955, I think. He was a huge influence in the school when I was there ( 1956 to 1963). He taught French and German, ran the athletics with K O Turner, managed football teams, and produced high quality drama. Later, he became head of Art some time after the departure of Jack Fairhurst. He retired to Lincolnshire many years ago, and that is where I met up with him again. He ended his days in a home in Kent, near to his daughter. To the best of my knowledge, Philip’s wife, Mollie, is still in a home ( she did some part time teaching at Shene...Biology, I think)
 
Philip was much respected by us all. He was a gentleman but not someone to be ‘messed with’. He was the key master in York House esp. as Mr Hyde and Mr Maclaren were a good deal older. Personally, I owe Philip a lot as he (and Alan Stephens) made a major impression on me, and may have been instrumental in my decision to become a teacher myself.
 
I hope your reunion goes well.
 
Best wishes
 
Christopher Turner
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BARRY THOMAS April, 2016

ALAN BLOXHAM April, 2016

DEREK CARR, June 2016

Derek sadly passed away on Friday 10th June, 2016.  His three sons, Julian, Andy and Adrian, were with him and he was very peaceful throughout his short stay in Kingston Hospital.

Derek's funeral is arranged for 2.40pm on Friday 24th June at Mortlake Crematorium, Kew Meadow Path, Townmead Road, Richmond, TW9 4EN.

Afterwards, his family will be hosting a celebration of Derek's life at The Plough, 42 Christchurch Road, East Sheen, SW14 7AF.

Messages may be sent to Derek's family via
Adriancarr99@outlook.com or Mobile 07739 978756.

Derek's family would very much look forward to seeing any of the Shene Old Boys on the 24th and celebrating his great life.

They would very much appreciate it if you could advise them if you are able to attend, so that they can plan accordingly.

They are planning family flowers only, but please do feel free to get in touch with Julian, Andy or Adrian directly. less
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KEITH CLAIDEN,  December, 2016
ROBIN HOLLOWAY, February, 2017
DON GREGORY, March, 2017
Funeral at St. Giles Church, Park Lane, Ashtead, Leatherhead, Surrey on Wed 5th April at 1200
JOHN BUCKINGHAM,  March 2017
BRYAN AUSTIN, April, 2017
 
MIKE CLEEVE  October, 2017